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Jimmy Kimmel helps fund technology center at Clark High School

Jimmy Kimmel helps fund technology center at Clark High School

By Tina Patel. CREATED May 19, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- When Jimmy Kimmel was a student at Clark High School and he played clarinet in the band.  So it's no surprise when he returned Saturday, they gave the opportunity to show off.

"I did better than I expected," he said, of his impromptu concert. "The reed was wet, I was ready to go." 

But Jimmy wasn't back just to reminisce. He was back to cut the ribbon for the brand new Jimmy Kimmel Technology Center. The rooms at the school were built with bond money, but there was nothing left for the actual computers. So a few months ago, Principal Jill Pendleton reached out to the 1985 graduate.

"I just thought I'm going to write him a letter," she said. "So I wrote a short little one page letter explaining what the situation was."

Within days, Jimmy wrote a check for $54,000. That was enough for more than 70 computers. 

"I always wanted to do something for Clark, I had some great teachers here," he admitted. "It just took that action on behalf of Principal Pendleton to get me to do something."

Students say they're grateful.

"It's wonderful that he's been so generous in giving back after school," said senior Nicolas Vaughn. "It's important to always support where you came from."

Jimmy is visiting his other alma mater, while he's in town. He'll be receiving an honorary degree from UNLV at their commencement ceremony Sunday.